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Differential effects of acute and chronic nicotine on Elk-I in rat hippocampus


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Nuutinen, S., Barik, J., Jones, I. W. and Wonnacott, S., 2007. Differential effects of acute and chronic nicotine on Elk-I in rat hippocampus. Neuroreport, 18 (2), pp. 121-126.

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Abstract

Transcriptional regulation is central to the long-term effects of drugs of abuse. Activation of the extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK1/2) pathway underlies plasticity changes that accompany drug use. One target of ERK1/2 activation is the Ets-like transcription factor Elk-I. We show here that nicotine modulates Elk-I in the rat hippocampus in a spatially and temporally specific manner. In-vitro nicotine (1 mu M) activated Elk-I in hippocampal slices. In-vivo acute nicotine (0.4 mg/kg) activated Elk-I in the CAI area but not in the dentate gyrus. Chronic nicotine for 14 days changed the level of total Elk-I but not its phosphorylation state. Thus, Elk-I regulation of transcriptional events may contribute to nicotine-induced changes in the hippocampus.

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Item Type Articles
CreatorsNuutinen, S., Barik, J., Jones, I. W. and Wonnacott, S.
DOI10.1097/WNR.0b013e328010a1ff
DepartmentsFaculty of Science > Biology & Biochemistry
RefereedYes
StatusPublished
ID Code3527

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